The College of Health & Human Services has conferred honorary doctoral degrees to the following inviduals who have demonstrated achievement at the highest levels:
Robert Price’s commitment to changing lives has transformed the San Diego community of City Heights and broken the cycle of poverty for thousands of talented young men and women. Price and his father achieved success as pioneers of the membership warehouse club merchandising concept.
For the past 15 years faculty and students from SDSU have engaged in a transformative intervention in three City Heights schools. Led by Price and his dedicated colleagues at Price Charities and the Price Family Charitable Fund, this unprecedented public-private partnership has improved learning outcomes, social services and health care for neighborhood families while providing a dynamic laboratory for SDSU faculty and student research to reform urban education.
Many know Deborah Szekely as founder of a stable of renowned, world-class health spas – Golden Door (1958); Rancho La Puerta (1940) and Fitness Resorts (1972). She began The Szekely Foundation for American Volunteerism in 1982.
In 1978, She founded Combined Arts and Education Council of San Diego County (COMBO), which has raised more than $25 million to support 21 cultural organizations. COMBO raised more than $6 million to rebuild the Old Globe Theatre.
In her current role as president and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation, Ms. Szekely’s mission is to support the self-help efforts of the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is directly responsible for channeling more than $110 million in U.S. aid to relief organizations throughout the region. Ms. Szekely is an international management consultant, special government advisor on corporate volunteerism, author of globally distributed books, popular lecturer, educational consultant and internationally recognized fitness expert, serving as a U.S. delegate to the 1977 UNESCO Conference on Fitness. In short, she is truly a Renaissance woman.
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
After leaving Congress, Chisholm made her home in Williamsville, New York. She resumed her career in education, being named to the Purington Chair at the all-women Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. In 1985 she was a visiting scholar at Spelman College. During those years, she continued to give speeches at colleges, by her own count visiting over 150 campuses since becoming nationally known.
Chisholm retired in 1991. In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated her to be United States Ambassador to Jamaica. In the same year she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Arthur G. Linkletter
Arthur G. Linkletter was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. In 1934, he earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State Teachers College (now San Diego State University), where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While attending San Diego State, he played for the basketball team and was a member of the swimming team.
Linkletter invested wisely, enabling his considerable philanthropy. In 2005, at the age of 93, he opened the Happiest Homecoming on Earth celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Half a century earlier, he was the commentator on the opening day celebrations in 1955. For this, he was named a Disney Legend. Linkletter was once a spokesman for National Home Life, an insurance company. A Republican, he became a political organizer and a spokesman for the United Seniors Association, now known as USA Next, an alternative to the AARP. He was also a member of Pepperdine University’s Board of Regents. He received a lifetime achievement Daytime Emmy award in 2003 and was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame.